Surgical Procedures Naperville IL
At Wheaton Oral Surgery in Naperville, IL, we specialize in surgical procedures to improve both your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile. We believe that oral health function and aesthetics are both important components for our patients.
After a visit with our oral surgeon, Dr. Scherer, we can determine which surgical procedure may be best suited for your particular dental needs.
Your wisdom teeth are your last set of molars to erupt. Some people do not feel them coming in at all, while for others it can be painful, or their teeth can even become impacted. It is important when your wisdom teeth come in, generally in the late teens to early twenties, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scherer so that he can inspect the growth of your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth can often cause overcrowding, pain, and pressure to the other permanent teeth in the mouth. To prevent unnecessary pain or discomfort in your mouth, or the shifting of your other teeth, you may need to have them removed. Wisdom teeth removal is one of our most common surgical procedures.
Our team at Wheaton Oral Surgery will do whatever we can to save our patients' natural teeth. However, when teeth must be removed, we will provide our patients with a comprehensive dental treatment plan to restore their oral functionality and preserve their smile.
While extractions can seem extreme as a treatment option, in many cases, it is the best one available. Gum disease, for example, is a very serious concern, and if not taken care of promptly, it may require a tooth extraction.
When teeth are being extracted due to advanced gum disease, it is typically what we call a simple extraction. As opposed to a surgical extraction, where the tooth is hard to reach and may not even be visible, a simple extraction is all that is necessary for teeth that are loosened from bacteria-eroded gums. This means that your extraction will likely be a pretty easy process since the tooth will not have much holding onto it.
Occasionally we will have to section a particularly stubborn tooth, which involves dividing the tooth into multiple sections that are removed individually. Local anesthesia will help numb any discomfort, though you will likely feel some pressure.
A ridge augmentation involves grafting bone onto the alveolar ridge. This is the part of the jaw that actually holds the roots of your teeth in place. When you lose a tooth, the empty socket will typically fill in with new tissue and bone. However, this does not always happen. Sometimes, too much bone is lost with the tooth or the bone has deteriorated too much.
When that occurs, the socket continues to get larger. It makes it very difficult to place a post for implants there because the jawbone simply cannot hold the post in place.
A ridge augmentation rebuilds the alveolar ridge. It restores the ridge to its full height and improves the density of the bone.
Traumatic dental incidents occur quite often in both children and adults. Whether as the result of a fall, a sports injury, or another type of accident, the trauma to the mouth can be quite severe.
Dental trauma could vary from a laceration to the lip or inside the cheek, to a fractured tooth or potentially a jaw fracture. Our oral surgeon offers the experience and knowledge needed to address a wide variety of dental trauma types.
It is important that you are seen by Dr. Scherer and our team in order to get the right diagnosis. The type and severity of your fracture or other dental trauma need to be determined. A clinical examination and x-rays, along with other digital images, will be needed in order to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Full mouth reconstruction usually consists of multiple procedures to restore the healthy function to your mouth. If you have several missing teeth, unhealthy gums, or another serious complication in your mouth, you might be a great candidate for this procedure.
It is important to keep in mind that full mouth reconstruction is not just to fix the look of your mouth, it is also meant to help people who have medical issues that affect their mouth. Some of the main factors for dental reconstruction include dental disease, an accident that resulted in damage to your mouth, extremely worn-down teeth, and excessive jaw pain.
Bone grafts are often required for some different dental procedures to take place if the patient has been missing teeth for a time. When teeth are lost and not replaced with an implant, the bone stops receiving feedback. Without feedback eventually, the bone begins to recede. This is why the loss of one tooth can often lead to the loss of more teeth.
We can do a bone graft on parts of your jaw that are lacking, in order to provide your jawbone with strength and density to hold a dental implant.
Platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a substance which, when injected, can promote rapid healing. Plasma is a blood component rich in special proteins which will help the blood to properly clot. It also has other proteins which help proper cell growth. The concept is to inject some of the PRP into damaged tissues to help the body grow new and healthy cells, promoting safe and improved healing.
At Wheaton Oral Surgery we can discuss using PRP as part of your treatment to help you heal faster than before.
Oral pathology is a specialization in dentistry and discipline of pathology. Our team, which practices oral pathology, will deal with identifying and managing the treatment of diseases affecting the areas of the mouth and jaw. The goal is to discover issues as they occur in the mouth and provide our patients with the right treatment.
In a healthy mouth, our team will complete a dental exam and find the inner lining will have mucosa. This is a special skin found in the mouth which appears smooth and pink. If there are no issues or diseases inside, the skin will have no discolored spots or visible bumps. When someone on our team notices that the mucosa starts to appear different, this is a warning sign that the pathology of the mouth is changing.
Schedule with Your Oral Surgeon in Naperville, IL Today!
Maintaining a good home oral hygiene routine, along with sticking to your routine appointments with your family dentist, can help to protect your oral wellness. Schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon at Wheaton Oral Surgery by calling (331) 204-0314 to book an appointment.